F for Fake faced widespread popular rejection. Critical reaction ranged from praise to confusion and hostility, with many finding the work to be self-indulgent and/or incoherent. F for Fake has grown somewhat in stature over the years as cinephiles revere almost anything the notorious filmmaker made. In that the film embraces everything from self-conscious notation of the film process to ironic employment of 1950s-era B movie footage, Welles thought he was creating not so much a documentary as a "new kind of film," as he once told writer Jonathan Rosenbaum. F for Fake is now sometimes referred to as a "film essay." It currently holds an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 36 critics.
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